Rula Sinara recently commented that she learned about how to repair a tire with Fix-a-Flat by reading a Debbie Macomber romance. And that got me thinking... What have I learned by reading romance novels? Here is a short list that by no means exhaustive:
1. Adding pickle juice to potato salad gives it a tangy taste and makes it fabulous (courtesy of LaVyrle Spencer's "Family Blessings").
2. Sailing terms (thanks to Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay trilogy).
3. How to deliver a baby when you can't get to the hospital in time (according to Marie Ferrarella's "The Baby Mission").
4. The prejudice against women riding bicycles in the 1890's (Deeanne Gist's "Courting Trouble" and "Deep in the Heart of Trouble").
5. Love transcends even time (Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series).
6. Wishes are meant to be shared (Debbie Macomber's "Twenty Wishes" is a MUST read. Go get it now!!!!)
7. Love conquers all (every good romance novel reminds us of this).
On the list, you'll find some things that are practical, others that deal with the heart which romance novelists love to do.
So now I'll ask all of you: What have you learned by reading a romance novel?
Think I'll go learn some more and pick up a new romance!